The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertholt Brecht

Directed by Eric Prince

December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 8 p.m., December 7, 2 p.m.

Bertolt Brecht (1898 – 1956) is acknowledged as one of the truly great dramatists of the twentieth century, and the Caucasian Chalk Circle has been called a morality masterpiece. Richly theatrical, comic, and full of vitality and energy, it demonstrates Brecht’s pioneering theatrical techniques as well as being a wonderful epic play with universal and humanistic appeal. The play tells the story of Grusha, a young peasant woman who sacrifices everything to protect a child abandoned in the heat of civil war. She makes a daring escape, falls in love, travels many miles alone, survives all manner of hardship and encounters a gallery of rogues and astonishing characters. When peace is finally restored, she is made to confront the boy’s biological mother in a legal contest over who deserves to keep him using an ancient tradition – the chalk circle – to resolve the dispute and determine the child’s true mother.

Click to read the Caucasian Chalk Circle Program.



  • The Caucasian Chalk Circle 2008 Production Photo
    Colorado State University Theatre presents The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertholt Brecht, directed by Eric Prince.

Schedule & Tickets

Nightly at 8:00 pm
Cost: $7 for CSU students, $7 for youth (ages 6 – 17), $14 for seniors, $16 for the public

Organizer: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603

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